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The building is one of the oldest  in Nazareth area which part of it belonged to one of the wealthiest families; El-Kawar family for more than 150 years .The building itself was owned by the first mayor in Nazareth; Tannos Kawar (1819-1888) who worked as a mayor from 1875 till 1884. The building is located in the old city of Nazareth, in the way that links between the Orthodox Annunciation church, the White Mosque in the old city and the Basilica of Annunciation.

The building is located as well, in El-Kawar Sibat. Sibat refers to the curved architectural structure and El-Kawar refers actually to the family who owned the building. How did the guest house gain its name, SimSim, is taken from the Arabic word meaning Sesame.

When you stay with us, you'll soon discover that "simsim" can be found in many traditional dishes.

In the area around the hostel, you can try many of these tasty, healthy, fresh and inexpensive local specialities. Mankushi is a simple yet delicious breakfast pita topped with wild thyme (za'atar) and simsim.

Yum! You may even smell it from our neighbour's bakery as you wake up.

You cold try a salad in the afternoon. Carrots with simsim, "zahara" (cauliflower) and "tahini" (also made from simsim).

Of course, you can't miss the local "hummus", made from chickpeas and lots of tahini. There's also "Tabouleh"... actually no!

This famous salad doesn't have simsim but is an explosion of taste and vitamins with other local products such as parsley, bulgur wheat, lemon and olive oil.

The Guest house Simsim Guest house contains 5 rooms, as 3 double rooms and 2 dorm rooms. the restrooms and showers are in common for all the residents.

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TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
Simsim Guest House Rank #1 of 11 | Certificate of Excellence 2017 | Pricing level: $
Traveler rating
Excellent: 109
Very good: 22
Average: 4
Poor: 2
Terrible: 4
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Business: 1
Couples: 21
Solo travel: 52
Family: 14
Reviews from our community
"A happy hiker."
09 May 2017
I was there October 2016. Sorry to be so long writing this. The owners are hard workers, committed to the long term, and it shows. Everything worked, and I had a good, comfortable, inexpensive, and...
"Amazing place"
06 May 2017
The staff are amazing and friendly, the place is very cozy, colors are amazing... everything is just amazing, beds are comfy, showers and toilets are very clean and its really the best value you can...
"Like at home :-)"
01 May 2017
Staying in Simsim hostel was very nice for me. The location is excellent, atmosphere is very kind and friendly. At the reception you get all informations and help you need. Also the price is very...
Location Information
6098 8, Nazareth